Small Kitchen Design
By: H. Iacobacci-Miller
While most of us long for a larger kitchen, we don't all have the
budget to just build a new one. It's important to make the most
of your small kitchen space. With the right planning, you might
actually grow to love your small kitchen!
The first thing to do is create an illusion of space. This can
be done with light colored, long, full-height cabinets, the use
of glass front cabinets, recessed and under cabinet lighting, minimal
window treatments and the use of tiles set on the diagonal. Use
the tiles on your backsplash or your floor.
Flooring patterns can also help create a sense of space in a small
kitchen. Try placing tiles on a diagonal or running your hardwood
flooring the length of the kitchen, especially if it is a galley
Next, tackle the problem of storage. Try using hanging pot and
wine racks. Not only do they free up cabinet space, they add a decorative
appeal to any kitchen décor. Use a lazy Susan and tiered
spice racks to organize your tight cabinet space. Try hanging utensils
and oven mitts on the insides of your cabinet doors. Wire baskets
hung from the insides of the doors are great for storing plastic
sacks, sponges and other miscellaneous items.
For more counter space, find a large cutting board that can be
placed across your sink to give more space for food preparation
(it can even hide your dirty dishes stacked in the sink
Most importantly, keep your counters clutter free. Purchase appliances
that can be hung underneath your cabinets. Use decorative canisters
to hide any appliance cords. They act as both storage and accessories.
Try to think positively. A small kitchen doesn't have to be a bad
thing. There's less to mop/sweep and less counter space to scrub